The day Seawillow was born there was a disastrous flood on the Neches River in Beaumont, TX. The Rev. John F. Pipkin and his pregnant 2nd wife, Amelia Rabb and some of the family slaves were swept along on a raft. Just before the birth of his daughter, a human chain was formed by the slaves to fasten the raft to a Willow tree. The Rev. looked up through the branches of the Willow tree and gave thanks to God for the safe delivery of his daughter in the midst of the flood water. Thus the name Seawillow.
Seawillow grew up in Beaumont and became a school teacher in Luling and Lockhart. She married Littleberry Walker Wells and moved to a farm not far from his parents on Plum Creek. The farming community grew to have a small population with a general store and a church with an arbor. In 1899 when a post office was needed, the city was named Seawillow, Caldwell Co. TX. in her honor.
She named one of her daughters Seawillow Lemon, and many of the Wells, Pipkin and family friends have named their daughters Seawillow.
The Lockhart Register-31 May 1912
Mrs. C.P.(sic)Wells, widow of the late Berry Wells, died at her home near McMahan on Thursday morning about 1:30 AM. The remains will be buried at the Wells Cemetery this Friday morning. The deceased is survived by four daughters and one son as follows: Mrs. N.M. Brite (sic), Mrs T.R. Hellums, Mrs Sam McMahan, Mrs. Bob Jolley and B.B. Wells, all of this county and all of them present at the bedside. Numerous friends in the Eastern part of the county join in sympathy to the bereaved family.
The Lockhart Post-6 June 1912
The funeral of Mrs. L.B. Wells, relict of the late Barry Wells, was held at the Wells Grave Yard on Friday, the service being conducted by Rev. J.G. Forester, pastor of the Lockhart Methodist Church. A large number, including many from Lockhart assembled to pay the last tribute of respect.
Mrs. Wells is survived by a son, B.B. Wells and four daughters, Mrs. N.M. Bright, Mrs. T.R. Hellums, Mrs. Sam McMahan, Mrs. W.R. Jolley.
Littleberry Walker Wells
1853–1900 (m. 1883)
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